Speaky - Voice Reader for Web Articles
By Sandratra Razafindralambo
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Too busy to read your articles from your favorite websites? Speaky is a very efficient way to solve that problem: you don't have to read yourself anymore, this app does it for you.
How it works? Give the link of your web article to Speaky and that's it. It will extract the main content, detect the language and read it out loud to you. You can retrieve content from your favorite news websites or use your Pocket's queue.
"Articles in your Speaky queue play without an internet connection, so you can breeze through a New Yorker treatise as you ride the subway or catch up on world news on your next international flight." - New York Magazine
"Speaky is a handy tool that helps you multitask by listening instead of reading. Whether it’s an entertaining article on the Web or an important PDF for work, you can give your eyes a rest or just get more done with this intuitive voice reader." - AppAdvice
"The Pocket integration really makes it a lot easier to catch up on those articles you put off on reading." - Lifehacker
• Smart text extraction
• Reading, Speed Reading and Editing
• Web Articles and Simple Text Documents
• Spoken text displayed and highlighted
• Audio controls with Play/Stop, Restart and Progress
• No internet connection required for reading entries
• Multiple voices for all languages supported by iOS
• Apple Watch app to control Speaky from your wrist
• Today Widget to get a quick overview of your reading list
• Share Extension to provide links and entries from other apps
• Handoff support to continue your readings between devices
• 3 color themes with Dark Mode for better comfort in low-light
• Settings to customize your experience (language, voice rate, etc.)
• Multitasking and Background audio support (control center, lockscreen)
• Universal app that runs great on all Apple devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple Watch
• The text extraction algorithm is mainly focused on web articles. Speaky provides a basic support for simple PDF where text is the main component, Plain text, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, RTF and HTML files. Complex formats such as ePub files, iBooks, Kindle books and DAISY books are not supported at this time.
• Articles from websites that require a membership to access the full text of an entry (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc.) and Private databases (companies, universities, etc.) are not supported at this time.
Arabic, Chinese (China, Hong Kong SAR [China], Taiwan), Czech, Danish, Dutch (Belgium, Netherlands), English (Australia, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States), Spanish (Spain, Mexico), Finnish, French (Canada, France), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish.
What's New in Version 2.8.1
This update includes bug fixes and improvements for iOS 9.
I’m working really hard on the next major update of Speaky, version 3.0, that will include the following improvements: Better text extraction and language detection, Multiple selection, Revamped audio player with better controls, More precise settings for the voice rate and text highlighting. Please let me know what you think!
Speaky will never interrupt you for ratings when you're using it. If you’re enjoying Speaky and use it daily, would you mind taking a moment to write (or repost) a review? They’re greatly appreciated and even just the 5 stars are really helpful. Thank you so much for your support!
I like that this can read articles for me. As a college student, I have found I tend to retain information better if I hear it so this app has been great for research and such. It's easy to customize the voice pace/language.
I only wish it could also read articles from news apps. I couldn't seem to link Speaky to read me news articles from the news apps I use.
The other thing is the speaking rhythm/ syntax. Since this is a computer algorithm I expected it to sound "automated". The bothersome part is that some words have an accent in odd places (for the US English language). I have found that if I edit extra commas into the text Speaky is reading, it sounds slightly more "natural".
All in all, a great app that has helped me out immensely with school and life. Keep up the awesome work!!
I use this app every day, literally.
Be it reading articles from The New York Times, articles from the Apple News feed, or just plain text I paste from composing an email for alternate proof-reading purposes before sending, Speaky is my simplified go-to "speak" solution for iOS. Supremely simple to use, and a delightful English voice to go along with it. What more could you ask for.
Sure there's plenty of room for improvement, and I was tempted to rate it 4 stars thereby, but after thinking of the plain utility and hundreds of minutes saved from almost each and every day, it simply makes up for it. I celebrate 5 stars, regardless.
This one's a #recommend.
Generally usable but could be better
While the app works as advertised, it could use some usability improvements, for example, it seems not possible to manually select a reading language on a per entry basis if the app fails to detect the language for the entry; navigating between the various lists is awkward; creating an entry from text is not straightforward and once created, you cannot read from it directly (need to return to entry list and select the entry again). The app also has difficulty in processing texts in Asian languages, e.g. cursor and voice are often out of sync, language detection failures, etc.
Looking forward to future updates to the app.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Feb 24, 2016
- Version: 2.8.1
- Size: 5.5 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Language: English
- Seller: Sandratra Razafindralambo
- © 2016 - Sandratra Razafindralambo
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.